Cream Eyeshadows I like!

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Hello Everybody,

Like most of us who love make-up, I do love eyeshadows. There is so much choice of colours, textures out there. There is nothing better to give your eyes a little pop!

Early cream eyeshadows often got bad press because of their ability to crease but better technology today and the creation of eye primers make it easier to use all eye shadows crease free.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo were one of the first cream shadows for the mass market. The range started small but became very popular with everybody and the range increased.  The colour was well pigmented, easily blendable and stayed on throughout the day.  I have two colours, ‘Pink Gold & ‘Eternal Gold’. I do like to use ‘Eternal Gold’ with a black eyeliner flick and a red lip. Very festive!

I have a few from Benefit in the mini format when you buy a set. ‘Cream Creaseless Eye Shadow’ I have ‘RSVP’ ‘Bikini- Tini’ and ‘Holy Smokes’ These are so brilliant, when you use them with powder eyeshadows they look fantastic. They are so easy to work with and even though they are the small size, you have plenty because you only need to use a small amount of eyeshadow so a small amount goes a long way.

I have one colour from the brand BStunning which you can buy from Superdrug here in the UK. The colour is called ‘Dusk till Dawn’ It is a nice budget example in a pinky-purple colour.

UNE was a brand you could buy from Boots but is now sadly discontinued here. The shade is a champagne colour. I have used this often and you can use it as a highlighter as well.

Max Factor Excess Shimmer in ‘Copper’. The texture is different from the rest as the texture is softer, almost like a mousse compared to the rest. I really enjoy the colour and mixing it with powder eye shadows or you can use it on its own. It is a great for a smoky eye or a natural look.  It is the perfect cream eyeshadow to experiment with different styles.

KIKO are a fantastic brand and I have 2 versions of their cream eyeshadows. I have 2 of their ‘Colour Shock’ range. dark chocolate brown (No 103) and Pink (N0 101). They set very quickly so you have to be quick to work with them!

I have two Long Lasting Stick Eye Shadows. ‘Rosy Brown’ (No 5) and ‘Light Taupe’ (No 25). They are the perfect travel companion on their friendly format. They are easy to work with in the stick format as you are not dipping your finger into the pots and so easy to blend with.

NYX Glam Eye Shadow in ‘Dazzling Quartz’. It is a beautiful colour but it doesn’t stay as long as the others but the colour makes up for it.

Cream Eye shadows are here to stay and all the major brands now have them in their make-up range so you have plenty of options and price ranges out there. Have fun!

Rxx

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L’Artisan Parfumeur Caligna EDP.

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Hi Everybody,

L’Artisan Parfumeur is a world known brand whose original fragrances delight perfume connoisseurs and lovers since 1970s. Its well deserved popularity causes a high demand to increase its presence in shops, yet L’Artisan Parfumeur still adheres to its policy of exclusive distribution for its products.

If you read my blog, you know that most of my fragrances are sweet and floral.  This is fragrance by L’Artisan Parfumeur ‘Caligna’ is a fresh, earthy woody scent quite opposite to my usual choice. The name of the fragrance comes from the Provençal word “to court” or “to flirt. I Like that!

First of all, I have to mention the beautiful, faceted bottle and engraved with the emblem. The top is a lovely weight and the whole package oozes quality.

The scent is amazing. Caligna is an fresh, earthy, herbal ,musky, woody scent. I feel mint as well which gives you a uplifting feeling. It reminds me of my childhood when my Grandmother made me cup of fresh mint tea in a special mug that I remember. I love anything mint and this perfume brings back memories of then. You can also feel the fig in this perfume.

Because of the woodiness I can see it as a fragrance of both men and women.  It really is a beautiful combination of senses which you could wear for both summer and winter.

This is a beautiful scent, aromatic and sensual. A great bargain from TK Maxx!

Rxx

Stylist Live 2015!

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Hi Everybody,

The Stylist magazine is a free publication which covers lifestyle, fashion, beauty and food.  If you cannot find the printed magazine, you can download the digital version on their App.

First the first time they did Stylist Live event at the Business Design Centre in London. The ideal was to cover everything in four days as they do in the magazine. They had a wonderful selection of talks from Nigella Lawson, Caitlin Moran and Hemsley + Hemsley. There was shopping stands selling everything from Make-up, clothes, food and jewellery. Workshops you can attend, Catwalks with the latest Autumn/Winter trends. It had something for everybody.

I attended the Saturday as there was a wonderful opportunity to see Lisa Eldridge and Sali Hughes in conversation about their beginnings of their careers. Lisa is one of the top make-up artists in the world and Salli is one of the most respected writers on the beauty world and her book is a must for anyone who is interested in beauty.

It was a very interesting talk that explored how both of them got started in the beauty world and what influenced them. It was a packed audience to see these two beauties.

I had to stay and get my books personally dedicated to me by them and I was fortunate to have a quick chat with them and pose a few selfies with them! It was even better when Lisa complimented me about my make-up!! I thought I was going to cry..

Rxx

V&A Book Event with Odette Toilette.

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Hi Everybody,

One of the great benefits of being a member of the V&A is the chance of attending events which talk about something you love. I was intrigued by a new book on perfume ‘A century of Scents’ by Lizzie Ostrom AKA Odette Toilette. Imagine my delight when I saw in the V&A magazine, tickets for a talk by Lizzie about her new book. I want the book and I want to attend the talk!

Quickly buying the tickets I couldn’t wait for the day.

It soon arrived and after the closure of the museum for the day, we were allowed to pass through the museum with no one around and ushered into the lecture hall for the event.  It was lovely to see a total sell-out to hear Lizzie’s talk about her book and talk through the decades of perfumes from the 1900s to the 1990s that she talks about in the book. Her funny stories about the fragrances in history and the strange marketing and publicity stunts that perfume companies get up to to sell their perfumes. We were also treated to testing samples that have influenced our taste in perfume.

It was a lovely evening to hear someone who not only loves perfume but also to describe perfumes in such a beautiful way and how perfumes affect our lives.

I did rush down and purchased the book and was delighted to meet her and have the book dedicated to me. A delightful and warm person and it was wonderful to meet her.

Rxx